In an increasingly complex global environment, today’s manufacturer needs to stay competitive and ahead of the pack. Manufacturers must stay abreast of rapid advances in science and technology; they must keep up with environmental challenges and meet societal needs.
As our community is increasingly concerned with our natural surroundings, manufacturers need to discover new, energy and resource-saving technologies. Also, South Australians are facing a new era of social needs as our population continues to age. Industry needs to be aware of the important role which this changing demographic will have in guiding the future of manufacturing.
The South Australian Manufacturer has immense potential to be part of a larger, more sustainable and growing economy in the Asia- Pacific region. But, their success is dependent on continuous innovation, resulting in access to frontier technologies that will modernise the local manufacturing base. These achievements will be underpinned by stronger links with enquiry and research and a commitment to building the necessary infrastructure.
With the above challenges in mind, the Mawson Institute promotes a strategy based on strong basic and applied research that will encourage scientific and technological innovation for South Australian manufacturing. Fundamental to this will be the Institute’s multidisciplinary approach, building research teams in concentrations that encompass a diverse range of disciplines and collaboration with a range of partners from academia, industry and knowledge intensive small to medium enterprises (SMEs.)
Professor Robert Short
Our focus is on the science and engineering that underpins “next generation” manufacturing, providing technology platforms based upon new knowledge and innovation that can be readily integrated into new products and processes. Scientists and Engineers work in parallel on concepts and commercialisation, significantly reducing the time and steps in product development.
To be the research provider of choice of new technological platforms that produce transformational change in manufacturing practice, or improve wellbeing and quality of life.